Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Romney Flips On Separating Policy From Religious Beliefs

In 1994, while admitting to using his position in the Mormon church to coerce a young woman into not having an abortion, Willard Mitt pledged he would not allow his religious beliefs to shape public policy.

Romney said, “As an official of the church, I did my best to represent the teachings of the church, but when you ask me what I think our society should do, I believe society should allow individuals to do whatever they choose and live by whatever beliefs they have. It is not the role of government to make choices for individuals.” (source: Boston Globe, 10/20/1994)

So much for that.

Yesterday, after the state Supreme Judicial Court ruled that to deny gays and lesbians the right to wed violates the constitutional guarantee to equality and liberty under law, the Fraud Governor said “marriage should be reserved to a man and a woman. That's the way it's been since the beginning of time.” (source: SHNS, 11/18/2003)

Since the beginning of time? What ‘beginning’ is Romney referencing? The Big Bang? When Adam first found Eve in a Chat Room? The moment the first loathsome spokesman slimed its way from the wilds of Brookline? Referencing the beginning of time with the construct of marriage seems like a religious exercise to us.

And if Romney sees himself as the protector of all things moral and good (redundancy alert!), why didn’t he file a brief for amici curiae with the court relative to the marriage question? (source: massreports.com)

But here's what's really got us puzzled.

Last September Romney said that while he opposed gay marriage, he was open to other ways for the state to recognize domestic-partner status, but that other priorities – like restoring Medicaid cuts - must come first. (source: Boston Globe, 9/15/2002)

So what was Romney’s primary lie - that he was open to other ways to recognize domestic partner status, or that he would restore Medicaid cuts?


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